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Haifa principal accused of raping several of his pupils
By David Ratner, Haaretz Correspondent
Haaretz - Sun., March 28, 2004 (Nisan 6, 5764)
Micha Hanan, the principal of the Beit Rotenberg school in Haifa, was indicted Sunday at the Haifa Magistrate's Court on charges of sodomy and indecent behavior.
Beit Rotenberg is an educational facility that trains mainly youths in media professions.
According to the indictment, Hanan, a well known personality in Haifa, allegedly sodomized several youths between the ages of 14 and 18.
The indictment charges that that during the summer of 2002, Hanan approached a 16-year-old youth and told him that he had noticed that the boy was confused about his sexual identity, and later on took him to the school library, where he committed indecent acts on him, including sodomy.
According to another section of the indictment, in 1997 Hanan tutored a 17-year-old student, convinced him that the physical relations between them were important and allegedly touched his body. Because Hanan took advantage of the student-teacher relations between them, he is charged with indecent behavior.
Hanan is also accused of allegedly caressing and taking nude photographs of a 17-year-old youth in 1993, and performing a similar act in 1994, when he allegedly touched another 17-year-old youth in intimate places and photographed him naked.
Hanan stopped working at the school immediately upon his arrest. Through his attorney, Tami Ulman, he denied all the charges against him.
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